Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Giveaway: Bending Toward the Sun

I had the pleasure of reading this last week (my review will soon...hint: Sept 1 release date). In the meantime, I am happy to have the opportunity to host a giveaway!!!



from book jacket:
A miraculous lesson in courage and recovery, Bending Toward the Sun tells the story of a unique family bond forged in the wake of brutal terror. Weaving together the voices of three generations of women, Leslie Gilbert-Lurie and her mother, Rita Lurie, provide powerful -- and inspiring -- evidence of the resilience of the human spirit, relevant to every culture in every corner of the world. By turns unimaginably devastating and incredibly uplifting, this firsthand account of survival and psychological healing offers a strong, poignant message of hope in our own uncertain times.

Rita Lurie was five years old when she was forced to flee her home in Poland to hide from the Nazis. From the summer of 1942 to mid-1944, she and fourteen members of her family shared a nearly silent existence in a cramped, dark attic, subsisting on scraps of raw food. Young Rita watched helplessly as first her younger brother then her mother died before her eyes. Motherless and stateless, Rita and her surviving family spent the next five years wandering throughout Europe, waiting for a country to accept them. The tragedy of the Holocaust was only the beginning of Rita's story.

Decades later, Rita is a mother herself, the matriarch of a close-knit family in California. Yet in addition to love, Rita unknowingly passes to her children feelings of fear, apprehension, and guilt. Her daughter Leslie, an accomplished lawyer, media executive, and philanthropist, began probing the traumatic events of her mother’s childhood to discover how Rita's pain has affected not only Leslie's life and outlook but also Leslie's daughter's, Mikaela's.

A decade-long collaboration between mother and daughter, Bending Toward the Sun reveals how deeply the Holocaust remains in the hearts and minds of survivors, influencing even the lives of their descendants. It also sheds light on the generational reach of any trauma, beyond the initial victim. Drawing on interviews with the other survivors and with the Polish family who hid five-year-old Rita, Leslie and Rita bring together the stories of three generations of women -- mother, daughter, and granddaughter -- to understand the legacy that unites, inspires, and haunts them all.

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Now for the boring rules ;)

Contest End Date: Sept 15, 2009

Worldwide entries welcome (Canada, US AND International)

For one entry, comment below with your email address

Additional entries:
+2 for being a follower

+3 for promoting the contest on your blog (please leave a comment with link)

+4 for referring a friend ( just get them to mention your name & blog)

Good luck everyone!

86 comments:

  1. No entry for me, I'll borrow yours ;-)

    I will post a link on my blog though. Congrats on your first giveaway!

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  2. Looking forward to the review! I have this one on my soon TBR too.

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  3. Hey Mel! Sounds great ! Count me in. Here's my first entry:

    circlebooks(at)shaw(dot)ca

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  4. AND I'm already a follower.

    :)

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  5. AAAAND here's the link to my blog showing your giveaway in my sidebar.. WOOT!
    www.bookblabbing.blogspot.com
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!!

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  6. Hi Mel! Congrats on your very first contest! I'm holding about twenty over on my blog. You should stop by! You could even win a bookshelf!

    Love your blog...the name is ADORABLE!!

    Thanks for holding this giveaway!

    xoxo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    IAmHiMaintenance at aol dot com

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  7. Oh...and I am NOW a Follower!

    Stop by anytime!!

    xoxo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

    IAmHiMaintenance at aol dot com

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  8. PLEASE enter me in your giveaway; sounds great. I am a follower:

    dd DOT bookgoddess AT gmail DOT com

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  9. This one sounds like a great poignant story. Count me in please.

    florida982002[at]yahoo.com

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  10. I'm looking forward to your review. I just became a new follower.

    florida982002[at]yahoo.com

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  11. I'd like to join the giveaway. :)

    I'm a follower.

    posted this on my sidebar:
    http://fictiondoesitbetter.blogspot.com/

    austenfanblogs[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. I am so interested in this book. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  13. I just became a follower of your blog.
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. How exciting to host your first giveaway. This book sounds awesome. World War II and the Holocaust are two of my most favorite areas of interest. Enter me please into the contest.

    Thanks for hosting it.


    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

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  15. I blogged about the giveaway. Here is the link:
    http://meditativereading.blogspot.com/2009/08/he-followed-me-home-can-i-keep-him.html

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

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  16. I am a follower of the blog

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

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  17. What a great giveaway! May I get an entry too?

    And I just became a follower.

    Thanks!
    Michelle

    mich_yms AT hotmail DOT com

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  18. Great contest Mel, I'd love to read this!

    +2 I'm already a follower

    +3 I've posted this on my blog sidebar The Eclectic Reader

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  19. oops forgot my email

    teddyree[at]optusnet[dot]com[dot]au

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  20. This looks like a lovely book. I am impressed that a mom and daughter worked on it together for a decade. That sounds like an amazing story in itself.

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  21. This one sounds so good! I love historical ones sometimes. I am amazed they worked on it together. My mom and I wouldn't be able to finish that, lol. Please enter me:

    +2 for being a follower

    geekettesarbear(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks!

    +2 Follower.

    Amanda
    fitz12383(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. Please enter me in the giveaway... sounds like something I would enjoy reading... thanks

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  24. Hi, congratulations on your first giveaway, I am still waiting a little before doing one.

    I am a follower


    madeleine444[at]gmail[dot]com

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  25. I look forward to your review and I am thrilled at the chance of winning a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.
    knittingmomof3(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. I am indeed a follower.
    +2
    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  27. This looks great. Thanks for sharing.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

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  28. Thanks so much for the fabulous giveaway - I would be SO thrilled to win!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. I am following your blog (username Nelsby).
    Thanks!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  30. Please enter me! This book looks great!

    Mary
    marydebastos@yahoo.com

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  31. Hi Mel, I'd love to win this book. I'm a follower.

    alaineb at bigpond dot net dot au

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  32. The book sounds intriguing. Please count me in. Thanks for keeping it international!


    Mystica


    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  33. I would Love to read this book! I bet I would be up all night reading it. My mom and sisters would want to read it too. Thanks! jacquecurl1(at) gmail(dot)com

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  34. I am a new follower. jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I am a follower and would like to
    win this book.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  36. This sounds like a great one...please enter me.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

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  37. I'm also a follower.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

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  38. I blogged about your contest here.
    joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

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  39. Please count me in!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. Follower!

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  41. WOW! This sounds absolutely incredible. Please enter me in your giveaway.

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. I am a follower. :)

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. Sounds like a great book. Please include me in the giveaway.
    heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

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  44. I became a follower.
    heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

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  45. +3 Blogged about your giveaway.


    http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/2009/09/lucky-13-giveaways.html

    kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Count me in!

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  47. Thanks for this amazing giveaway. I am enthralled with this novel and would love to read this memorable book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Please enter me.
    ludeluh at yahoo dot com

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  49. I am a follower.
    ludeluh at yahoo dot com

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  50. Please count me in.

    simplystacieblog@gmail.com

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  51. I follow.

    simplystacieblog@gmail.com

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  52. I'd like to enter this contest.

    +2 follower
    +3 for promoting the contest on my blog.. sidebar ok??

    http://todoesfacilsi.blogspot.com/

    sheere.dry@gmail.com

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  53. please count me in

    Additional entries:
    +2 i'm a follower

    +3 for promoting the contest http://kingdomofthenight.blogspot.com/2009/09/contest_06.html

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  54. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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  55. I am a new follower. I love the name of your blog.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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  56. Hi! The book sounds great. Throw my name in the hat please!

    mlawson17 (at) hotmail dot com

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  57. I'm a follower!!

    mlawson17 (at) hotmail dot com

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  58. this book sounds really good- please enter me
    thanks

    ejxd95 at gmail dot com

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  59. +3 posted this contest on my blog sidebar under Love Books? Here are some cool book giveaways to enter

    http://www.mynotsohurriedlife.blogspot.com

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  60. please count me in, thanks!!

    this is the best page of my sister( black wolf) please enter

    http://kingdomofthenight.blogspot.com/

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  61. I'd love to enter. Thanks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  62. I'm a follower. +2

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  63. I blogged. +3

    http://aik-friendsnfamily.blogspot.com/2009/08/list-of-worldwide-giveaways.html

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  64. Thanks for the giveaway! This is my favorite genre of books! saradahle at gmail.com

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  65. Do count me in, please!

    dr.strangelove.vs.citizen.kane
    @
    gmail.com

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  66. This is a new-to-me title and author. It sounds so good. Please enter me in the drawing.

    booklogged AT gmail DOT com

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  67. I am a follower, too.

    booklogged AT gmail DOT com

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  68. Sounds good. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. Can I please enter?

    And I'm now following your blog! :)

    My email address is: kiwibooklover at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the contest!

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  70. PLease add me to your giveaway

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  71. I already follow your blog! :)

    roxxyroller(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Canadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Chat - join us at http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/

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  72. I own CoolCanucks.ca, which is a Canadian Contest and Freebie site. This giveaway is posted here:

    http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/21793-he-followed-me-home-bending-toward-sun-book-giveaway-sept15-canada

    roxxyroller(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Canadian Contests, Freebies, Coupons, Deals, Games and Chat - join us at http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/

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  73. Usually I don't have much luck, but we never know!

    educhico AT gmail DOT com

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  74. Such a nice offer!
    I would really like to win!

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  75. Well, seems like a very nice read!
    Count me in!

    39[dot]5susy@gmail[dot]com

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  76. This will be great for my girlfriend!
    goncalo{.}mil{@}gmail{.}com

    Oh, and +4 for "Carlos Antunes"!
    He was the one that sent me here!

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  77. Hi there!
    Las but I hope not least!
    :)

    joanapatriciadias AT gmail DOT com

    And it was "Carlos Antunes" that sent me to this competition!
    :)

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  78. Please enter me
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

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  79. Hope I'm not too late. Please count me in! Thanks. :)

    +3 for promoting the contest on your blog (here)

    josettebooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  80. sounds like an interesting book that I'd love to read!

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  81. This looks like an awesome book! Thank you for hosting this Giveaway!

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  82. I am a follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    ENTRY #1

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  83. I am a follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    ENTRY #2

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